Research

These relate to both my substantive areas of interest in Early Years, Primary and Higher Education, and my methodological and theoretical interests in qualitative research.

In particular, my areas of interest are:  purposes of education and schooling, (including Early Years Education); discourses of citizenship, rights and responsibilities, and belonging; equality/diversity; ideas of learning and teaching; gender identities and subjectivities; politics and the political.

My research specialisms relate to ethnography, particularly, and contexts in which I can apply ethnographic and observational sensibilities within qualitiative educational research projects.  I alert to opportunities for exploring new ways of researching qualititatively and with new and diverse partners.

My theoretical interests are broadly focussed on social construction and post-foundational ideas of working with difficulty, contingency and uncertainty.  I am always excited to work with post-graduate students at both Masters and Doctoral level who are interested in problematising 'taken-for-granted' educational discourses.  My doctoral work, and subsequent publications, have drawn on some theoretical resources drawn from the work of of Foucault; Butler; and Rancière.

 

Recent Publications:

[under review] Danvers, E., Hinton-Smith, T. and Webb, R. (2017) The Power of Getting Personal: Theorising Doctoral Writing Groups, Teaching in Higher Education

[under review] Leaney, S. and Webb, R. (2017) Representation as Politics:  the possibilities of a feminist ethic in ethnographic research, Feminist Review

Webb, R. (2017): The posthuman child – educational transformation through philosophy with picture books, Journal of Education for Teaching, DOI:  10.1080/02607476.2017.1374072, http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/5gYESEVG7rwIBtbqWFkJ/full

Webb, R. (2017) Being Yourself:  everyday ways of doing and being gender in a Rights-Respecting primary school, Gender and Education, pp.1-16 http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/VsQ5nxx7xvtRknK6YTuU/full

Webb, R. (2017) with E. Mayes, S.  Bakhshi, V. Wasner, A. Cook-Sather, M. Mohammad, D.C. Bishop, S. Groundwater-Smith, M. Prior, E. Nelson, J. McGregor, K, R. Webb, R, L. Flashman, C. McLaughlin, E. Cowley, E. (2017). What can a conception of power do? Theories and images of power in student voice work. International Journal of Student Voice, Volume 1, No.1,. Web link:  http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/25944

Recent Conferences/Workshops/Reading Groups:  

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research Reading Group, May 2017, Chambers, S. Jacque Ranciere's lesson on The Lesson 

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research, April 2017, Open Seminar Series, 'Working The Gap:  innovative explorations of challenging the binary of teaching and research' with Dr Sindi Gordon and members of the 'Research Into Practice' group

University of Sussex Teaching and Learning Conference, April 2017, symposium on: 'Writing into Meaning Together: Inclusive approaches to supporting doctoral students to write' (with Dr T. Hinton-Smith and Dr E. Danvers)

Centre for International Education gender Identities & Citizenship Reading Group, Feb. 2017, Reflections on Butler, J. (1990). Gender trouble. Feminism and the subversion of identity. London and New York: Routledge.

University of Brighton, Dec. 2016, workshop contributors for 'Ethics of Writing/Writing Ethics', paper entitled: The ethics of postgraduate writing

CHEER, University of Sussex (in conjunction with the University of UMEA, Sweden), March 2016, Neoliberalism, Education and Changing Values – Theories and Methods in Educational Research, Keynote methodology lecture delivered entitled, 'Challenging the Mechanistic within Research Methodologies: Using Butler to Work both ‘Within and Against Interpretivism’

UiT, University of the Arctic, Tromso, Oct. 2015, invitation only conference of Gender and Childhood, paper delivered entitled, 'Being Yourself At Top Hill Primary':  everyday ways of being and doing gender in one Rights Respecting Primary School'

Corvinus University, Budapest, ECER, 2015, Symposium contributor to Teachers’ Working Practices and Reform, to deliver paper entitled, Changing Learning, Learning to Change?

University of Dundee, TEPE, May, 2015, Sympoium contributor to Working in Partnership with Schools, to deliver paper entitled, An ‘Emancipatory’ International Partnership of Learning?

Symposium, MMU Qualitative Institute Summer School, July 2015, delivered with 4 doctoral researchers from ESW. University of Sussex, ‘Thinking With’ Vulnerability and Resistance as a Dynamic of the Research/Researcher Process